Roundabouts and Traffic Control
I'll be the roundabout
What I liked about the article this morning on roundabouts is that it recognized that higher density is part of the underlying problem with in-city traffic in Santa Barbara.
Opponent of roundabouts Michael Self says:
"The purpose of doing this is not to calm traffic -- police control could do that quite well,"..."It is done to get us out of our cars. If you want people out of their cars, you need to build a transit system."
It is put more bluntly by Scott Wenz in the same article:
"They are street obstructions intended to stop people from using their cars."
I'm not so sure police control can do that as as there just aren't enough public safety employees to cover the city all the time -- no matter how many you have. What about a transit system? -- we have one. What would get people to use it more? $8.00 a gallon for gas?